A Quarter Century Later, Fuel Economy Standards Going Up
Fleet-wide industry averages will have to achieve 27.3 MPG, a 2 MPG increase from the previous fuel efficiency standards. Cars will have to average 30.2 MPG, and trucks must earn an average 24.1 MPG under the new rules.
According to the US Department of Transportation, the new regulations for the 2011 models will save approximately 887 million gallons of fuel, and cut carbon emissions by 8.3 million metric tons. In 2007, Congress called on automakers to achieve a 35 MPG average for cars and light trucks by 2020. This is just a starting point.